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Co-design is all about solving complex issues with communities to deliver projects and build trust.

What is Co-design?

In a government or corporate context, co-design can be most simply defined as the act of creating a fit-for-purpose solution or product with ‘communities of interest’.

Why consider Co-design?

For projects that are complex and potentially controversial co-design offers a better way of working with communities to implement your project.

The main benefits of Co-design are:

  • Relationships of trust are built throughout the process

  • Local knowledge is valued and helps to inform the solution

  • Technical subject-matter experts remain connected throughout and apply their expertise as options are explored

  • Early opponents often become advocates of the process, and the outcomes

  • Substantial project savings as project is more likely to be delivered on time and within budget (by avoiding ongoing protests, legal costs, and political interventions)

  • A more enjoyable, satisfying process for all concerned (even despite some inevitable challenges as people learn to work together)

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The creators of Authentic Co-design reside on the Country of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We acknowledge the custodianship of all Traditional Owners across Australia, and the historic dislocation and dispossession of their lands. We celebrate the extraordinary resilience of their culture - the oldest living culture on the globe. We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging. We look forward to our shared future together.